Advanced pipe technology specified for Higgs Innovation Centre

A new business incubation initiative at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, pioneered by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, is due to open to businesses in early 2018.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation will be a ground-breaking new facility, run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. It will apply business incubation best practice to big data and space technology, enabling start-ups to translate fundamental research into wider commercial impact.

Edinburgh based building services consulting engineers, Blackwood Partnership Ltd, specified Flexalen pipe work supplied by specialist pre-insulated pipe technology provider Flexenergy, for the project. The Flexalen system comprising pre-fabricated, pre-insulated welded pipework sections with electro & butt fusion joints offered the opportunity of direct burial of the pipe runs.

In total 100 metres of 125mm pipe and 200 metres of 90mm pipe were installed to convey LPHW Heating Water and Chilled Water from a remote plantroom and a remote combined Water Chiller/Heat Pump to the Higgs Mechanical Services Plantroom.

The Centre is named in honour of Professor Peter Higgs, the British scientist and Nobel Prize winner who theoretically predicted the existence of the Higgs boson almost 50 years before its discovery.